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Mini Webcam for Laptop

Instruction Manual
JC-AM100/JC-AM800

Please read this manual carefully before operating and save it for
future reference.
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INTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing the JC-AM100/JC-AM800. Unpack the unit and make sure all accessories
are put aside so they will not be lost.

Clip-Style Webcam
• Clip/Stand lets you place the webcam on top of a computer monitor or on a desk
• Ideal for web chatting, recording video, or taking a snap-shot
• 300k pixel sensor resolution
• Built-in microphone
• Automatic white balance for clear exposure
• A selection of special visual effects for fun and creative video chats
• Automatic face tracking for more free movement by the user

What’s Included
• Webcam
• Software / Driver CD
• Warranty Card
• Microphone headset (JC-AM800 only)
• QSG

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GETTING STARTED

Location of Controls

1
2
3
4
5

1. Microphone
2. Camera lens
3. Snapshot button
4. LED power indicator
5. Clip for PC or laptop

System Requirements
• Intel Pentium III (1GHz processor or higher)
• Microsoft Windows 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
• 256MB RAM (512 MB or higher recommended)
• 160MB free hard disk space (260MB recommended)
• CD-ROM drive
• One available USB port
• Internet connection for Web chatting

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GETTING STARTED

Installation
1. Install the driver before plugging in the camera. Many of your camera’s extended features
will not operate properly unless the software is installed. Insert the installation CD into your
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive and click on the “Install Driver” button and follow the screen
prompts. If prompted to do so, restart your computer after installation.

2. Plug the Webcam into the USB port on your PC or notebook computer and allow
installation to complete. If prompted to do so, restart your computer after installation.

Video Setup
After you have installed your USB Web Camera, use the image editing or video software to ensure
everything is properly set up.

For Windows XP / Vista / 7 users:


1. Click on the Start menu button.
2. Click on the All Programs menu item.
3. Click on JC-AM100 JAmcap.
4. From the menu bar, choose Capture JStart Capture.

Camera Settings
The following section will explain the procedures for fine-tuning your USB Web Camera to receive an
optimal image. There are many factors that may affect videos and still image quality including, light
source – fluorescent, incandescent or natural sunlight, resolution, color depth, frame rate, USB
configuration, etc.
If Amcap (this is the webcam application found on the included CD) is installed, please follow the
instructions below:

Video Format
The Video Format dialog box in instant messenger applications allows you to control the size and
color of the image provided by your camera. The following dialog box will appear when you select
Options J Video Capture Pin from within Amcap. Please note, other graphic applications should
also have a settings window with similar controls.

In most cases, in order to change video settings in instant messenger applications, it is necessary to
find a Webcam Setup under Options in an instant messenger application. Please refer to the website
of your chosen application provider for detailed information.

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Camera Settings-continued
Video Format-continued

Items in the above Video Format window are described as:


• Frame Rate – this setting controls the frame rate of the image or video. The higher the
frame rate, the larger the file size.
• Color Space/Compression – this setting controls how many colors will be shown. The
higher the number, the more colors that can be shown. High pixel depth allows your
videos and images to show realistic colors. Various color formats can be selected, but 24-
bit RGB color is recommended unless your PC can display only 256 colors. As with
resolution, the higher the pixel depth, the more data the video or image will contain.
• Output Size – this setting controls the size of the image or video that will be shown by the
software. Larger images contain more data, so the frame rate might be slower than for
smaller resolutions.

Since these settings directly control the amount of data in a video or still image, they are very
important when transmission speed or file size are at a premium. High resolution and pixel depth
can generate very large amounts of data. If sending a video over the Internet or recording a video
to a file, you may wish to lower the frame rate and color depth to achieve greater transmission
speeds or smaller file sizes, respectively.

Special Effects and Frames


This webcam includes special effects software to add creativity to Internet chatting and video
recordings. See the Web Chatting and Special Effects Guide at the end of this manual for
detailed instructions for this feature.

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Camera Settings-continued
Video Source or Video Settings
The video source dialog box allows you to control the image quality provided by your camera. In
Amcap, click on Options J Video Capture Filter or Properties for the Instant Messenger
application to have a window similar to the one shown below.

Items in the above Properties window are described as:


• Brightness – this setting controls how bright an image or video will appear.
• Contrast – this setting adjusts the tonal range of an image by lowering mid-tone values
and increasing values for high and low tones. For example, use contrast to eliminate
noise or shading on black & white and grayscale videos or images or to clean-up color
ones.
• Gamma – this setting lets you control the balance of dark and light in the image.
• Hue – this setting allows you to color variations in the image.
• Saturation – this setting controls the richness of colors shown by the camera.
• Sharpness – the higher the sharpness, the sharper the image. The lower the sharpness,
the more blurry an image will be.
• VGA SnapSize – this setting allows you to adjust the size of a snapshot or video.
• Zoom – this setting allows you to zoom in or zoom out the image capture.

Please note that many of the above settings operate the same as those on a normal color TV or
computer monitor.

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OPERATIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

Light Sources
Proper room lighting is critical for correct functioning of the USB Web Camera. Your camera requires
a certain light level to produce good pictures. If you are getting dull or dark images, or if the color is
poor, try increasing the ambient light in the room or close the light beyond the subject, or lighting the
subject directly. Using the camera in a sunlit room will also produce good results. If you cannot use
your camera in a naturally well-lit setting, then a desk lamp or some other artificial light source must
be used.

Lighting Settings
Some applications may also allow you to adjust light settings other than those shown above. We
have defined some commonly used terms which may appear in software programs you are using:
• Lighting Modes - Your camera normally operates in normal mode; however, you can
switch it to dark mode when there is too much light or bright mode when light is dim.
• Banding Filter - If you are in a room lit by fluorescent lighting, then please check that the
Banding Filter is being used, if present. Depending on the fluorescent lighting system
used in your country, you will either choose a filter type of 50 Hz or 60 Hz.
• Color Temperature - The USB Web Camera’s default is normal mode, but you can
switch it to cool when your light source tends to be red or switch it to warm when your
light source tends to be blue.
• Compression Control - Compression control lets you adjust the frame rate. The USB
Web Camera is initially set to use the lowest compression setting, but choosing high
compression mode may help speed up the rate of transmission.

Audio Source and Settings


Your camera comes with a built-in microphone which allows you to talk without additional microphone.
To allow it work with you computer, follow the settings below:
1. In the Windows ‘Control Panel’, select
‘Sounds and Audio Devices’ or ‘Sounds
and Multimedia’. Under the ‘Audio’ tab,
change the ‘Default device’ of ‘Sound
recording’ to ‘USB Audio Device’.

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Audio Source and Settings-continued


2. Choose ‘Volume’ under ‘Sound Recording’, adjust the ‘Volume’ until the microphone reaches a
comfortable sound level.

Important: When running with camera software application (Amcap) as the first time, go to Options
J Audio Capture Filter. To increase the audio volume, slide the bar in ‘AudioInputMixer Properties’
page as below. In the ‘Pin Line’ box, select ‘Microphone’.

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Using Internet Messenger Downloads


Internet messenger downloads can be used with the USB Web Camera for live Internet chatting.
Such downloads include Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger) and Skype
which are widely used.

Instant video messenger downloads allow you to send text messages and have video chats online.
Your message and video is delivered immediately, with the person to whom sent the message being
able to respond immediately as well. A webcam lets you send live images in real-time while
exchanging messages. The recipient can see you on his/her monitor even if he/she does not have a
webcam on his/her computer.

Visit these websites and follow the downloading instructions:


• http://messenger.msn.com
• http://messenger.yahoo.com
• http://www.skype.com
• http://www.aim.com

See the Web Chatting and Special Effects Guide at the end of this manual for detailed download
instructions for this feature, as well as using special effects.

Maintenance Tips
• Lens cleaning: If your lens becomes dirty, wipe lightly with a dry, lint-free cloth.
• Outdoor Use: Your USB Web Camera is not designed for outdoor use and should not be
exposed to the elements without suitable protection. In general, you should not expose it to
extreme temperatures or humidity.

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WEB CHATTING AND SPECIAL EFFECTS GUIDE

Installing the Special Effects Software*


Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive. Click on the “ManyCam Software”
button and follow the screen prompts.

* The ManyCam Software is only necessary to enable use of the special effects but not for the
general use of the camera.

Instant Messenger Setting


Each messenger service is different and may be subject to various updates. Please use the available
toolbar options for the messenger service you use in order to effectively use this Web cam for
chatting.

Using the Special Effects and other Features


For more detailed instructions on the use of the special effects software, visit:
http://www.manycam.com/getstarted

Launch ManyCam
• Double-click the ManyCam system tray icon to open the ManyCam Options window. Here
you can choose your web-camera as a source and apply various graphic effects and filters
to the output picture.

How to Remove ManyCam.com Logo from the Output Picture


1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Text over video” tab.
3. Uncheck the ―”Show ManyCam.com Logo” checkbox.

How to Impose a Static Object on the Output Picture


1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Objects” tab.
3. Select the type of object you would like to use.
4. Select an individual object from the list in the bottom part of the window.
5. Place the selected object where you want it to be shown in the video window by Drag and
Drop.

How to Change the Background of the Output Picture


1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Backgrounds” tab.
3. Select the type of background (static or dynamic) you would like to use.
4. Select an individual background from the list in the bottom part of the window.

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Using the Special Effects and other Features - continued


How to Apply Graphical Effects to the Output Picture
1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Effects” tab.
3. Select the effect type you would like to use.
4. Select an individual effect from the list in the bottom part of the window.

How to Apply Face Accessories


1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Face accessories” tab.
3. Select the face accessories type you would like to use.
4. Select an individual item from the list in the bottom part of the window.
How to Impose User Text on the Output Picture
1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Text Over Video” tab.
3. Check the ―”Enable text” checkbox.
4. Type your text in the field below.
5. Adjust options like scrolling, font, transparency and background color.
6. Place your text where you want it to be shown in the video window by Drag and Drop.

How to Impose Current Date and Time on the Output Picture


1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Date & Time” tab.
3. Check the ―”Show clock” checkbox.
4. Adjust options like clock type, time and/or date format, font size and transparency.
5. Place the clock where you want it to be shown in the video window by Drag and Drop.

How to Draw over the Output Picture


1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Drawing over video” tab.
3. Draw over the video window.

How to Add a New Effect to ManyCam


1. Open the ―”Effects” tab of the ManyCam options window.
2. Click the ―”Add New Effect” button.
3. Select a resource file for the new effect (use the ―”Browse” button or type the path to the
file manually).
4. Pick the new effect type (objects, backgrounds or face accessories) and category (you can
use one of the existing categories or create a new one).
5. Fill the ―”Name” and ―”Created by” fields.
6. Click ―”OK”. The new effect will now appear in the category you have selected.

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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE

If you experience difficulties in the use of this unit, please check the following before calling for
Customer Service.
No Image
• Make sure that the USB cable is correctly and securely attached.
• Make sure that your video software has been properly installed.
• Make sure your lens is free from obstructions, and that it is pointing in the appropriate direction.

Dark Pictures
• Make sure that there is sufficient light for the camera. Alternatively, you may wish to adjust the
Brightness or Contrast settings in the software you are using.
• Make sure that there is no strong light source behind the object or person being viewed by the
PC Camera.
• Make sure that the lens is clean.

Camera not Recognized


• Disconnect the webcam from the USB and uninstall the JC-AM100/800 driver using the control
panel on your PC / Laptop and restart your computer.
• Re-install the software (camera should still be disconnected from the USB), and restart again.
• Connect the webcam to your PC / Laptop through the USB, and follow the screen prompts.
• Find the Amcap icon and double click it. Choose the appropriate camera under “Devices” to
enable video feed.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Can I use my USB Web Camera with software applications other than those included with the
camera?
A. Yes. A Video for Windows device driver and a TWAIN driver are supplied with your camera and
are automatically installed on your computer during the setup process. These drivers allow the
USB Web Camera to be used as a general video and/or still image input device with other
Windows applications.

Q. How do I use my USB Web Camera with other video capture devices?
A. The best way is to disable all other video capture devices and ensure the USB Web Camera is
the default device. To do this:
o Click on the Start menu button and choose Settings, and then Control Panel. In the
Windows Control Panel, double click on the “Multimedia” icon.
o Select the Devices tab at the top to view a list of all multimedia devices installed on your
computer.
o Double click on the driver name. This will open a dialog box showing your camera’s
properties.
o Enable or disable the driver as required.
Note: Some applications allow you to select a device from within the application. If this is the case,
disabling other devices in the Windows Control Panel is not necessary.

Q. The video on my screen appears too light or too dark. What should I do?
A. Proper room lighting is critical for the correct functioning of the USB Web Camera. Your camera
requires a certain light level to produce good pictures. If you are getting dull or dark images, or if
the color is poor, try increasing the ambient light in the room, or lighting the subject directly.
Using the camera in a sunlit room will also produce good results. If you cannot use your camera
in a naturally well-lit setting, then a desk lamp or some other artificial light source must be used.
You may also wish to adjust the Brightness or Contrast settings usually located in a Video
Source (or similarly named) settings window in the software you are using.

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USER SAFETY GUIDE

WARNING
• TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD. DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN
OR MOISTURE.
• THIS APPLIANCE SHALL NOT BE EXPOSED TO DRIPPING OR SPLASHING WATER AND
THAT NO OBJECT FILLED WITH LIQUIDS SUCH AS VASES SHALL BE PLACED ON
APPARATUS.

WARNING
RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK DO NOT OPEN

The lightning flash with The exclamation point within


arrowhead symbol, within an WARNING: TO REDUCE THE
equilateral triangle. Is RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, an equilateral triangle is
entended to alert the user to DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR entended to alert the user to
the presence of uninsulated BACK). NO USER- the presence of important
“dangerous voltaje” within the SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
operating and maintenance
product’s enclosure that may REFER SERVICING TO A
QUALIFIED SERVICE (servicing) instructions in the
be of sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric PERSONNEL. literatura accompanying the
shock to people. appliance.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS


1) Read these instructions.
2) Keep these instructions.
3) Heed all warnings.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9) Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
10) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
11) Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution
when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
12) Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
13) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been
spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS-Continued


16) Ventilation – Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable
operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be
blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed,
sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should not be placed in a built-in installation such
as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer’s instructions
have been adhered to.
17) The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device
shall remain readily operable.

CLEANING
Always disconnect unit from power supply before attempting to clean it. Use soft
cloth moistened with soapy water, and wipe gently. Do not use solvents or
abrasive materials.

YOU CAN HELP TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT!


Please remember to respect the local regulations: Hand in the non-working
electrical equipment to an appropriate waste disposal center.

FOR USED BATTERIES


Disposed of the used batteries properly. Please follow the local regulations for the
battery disposal.

FCC NOTICE TO A USER IN USA


This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
1. Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
2. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
3. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
4. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

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FCC RULES
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the condition that this
device does not cause harmful interference.
Note: Do not make changes or modify the device in any way. Changes or modifications not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.

IC NOTICE TO A USER IN CANADA


Since digital circuitry may cause interference to other radio or television tuners nearby, switch this
unit off when not in use or move it away from the affected radio/television tuner.
NOTE: This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital
apparatus as set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of Industry Canada. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used
in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television operation (which can be determined
by turning the equipment off), the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more
of the following measures:
1. Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
2. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
3. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
4. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio / TV technician for help.

WARNING!

• The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and that no objects filled with
liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on apparatus.
• Mains plug is used as the disconnect device. It shall remain readily operable and should not be
obstructed during intended use. To be completely disconnected, the apparatus from supply
mains, the mains plug of the apparatus shall be disconnected from the mains socket outlet
completely.

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS


• Place the apparatus with some distances from the nearby objects or walls for sufficient
ventilations. The ventilation should not be impeded by covering the ventilation openings with
items such as newspapers, table-cloths, curtains, etc.
• No naked flame sources such as lighted candles should be placed on the apparatus.
• Use this apparatus in the moderate climates. It is recommended not to use this apparatus such
in a lightning storm.

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SPECIFICATIONS

• Image Sensor: CMOS 300k pixels


• Image Sensor Resolution: 640 x 480
• Image Sensor Size: 1/6”
• USB interface: USB 1.1
• Cable Length: 59.1” (150cm)
• Camera Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.1” x 1.2” x 1.9” (78mm x 31mm x 47mm)

* Features and specifications are subject to change without prior notification. Dimensions and weights
are approximate.

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